Want a fun and easy way to add holiday color to your mailbox?
This topper made from deco mesh is sassy and eye-catching.
All of the items that I used for making this mailbox topper came
from Hobby Lobby but you can find similar items at other craft
stores. The deco mesh and the ribbon are easy to find on sale
at 50% off once or twice a month at HL. You can use a HL
40% off coupon to buy the wire metal mailbox frame and
green zip ties in the floral supply section of the store.
Regular price the items are $3.50 for the frame, $8 for each
roll of 10" deco mesh, $10 for ribbon, $4 for zip ties.
Full price DIY...$33.50
Sale and coupons for supplies DIY...$16.25
The frame is pretty ingenious...it bends to fit the shape of your
regulation mailbox. It is easier to bend when it is off of the box.
Here is the frame in its semi-bent shape.
To avoid scraping your mailbox, just bend it when it is off of the
mailbox and then do small adjustments as needed to keep it snug
to the mailbox. The rubber on the "arms" of the frame keep it from
slipping around and also help it from marring the metal mailbox.
The wire bends easily but keeps its shape.
Once you get the basic shape that you need to have the wire frame
fit on your mailbox, you can work on adding the mesh inside your
house if you are a baby about being out in the weather like me.
The mesh is 30' long. Cut the mesh into 10" pieces.
Roll each 10" piece of mesh into a spiral. Pinch it in the middle.
You can roll all of your pieces at one time and use something like
a clothespin to keep it tight or you can roll the mesh as needed
and keep the rolled mesh in your spare hand till you get three
rolls to zip tie onto the frame.
If you have not used zip ties (or cable ties as they are also called)
before, you may need a moment of practice.
Zip ties can be purchased not only at Hobby Lobby in the floral section but at home improvement
stores and even Dollar Tree in the hardware section.
I could not handle adding more than three "rolls/spirals" at a
time with the zip tie. The trick is to keep the rolls rolled as you
add them. You can alternate colors (I only used two
but you could use three or more) in each bunch if you want to.
This first bunch shows four spiral/rolls but I went with three at a time after this one
Pull the zip tie as tight as it will go to keep the mesh spiral
roll bunch from slipping around and to keep the rolls rolled up.
Here is a view of the bottom of the frame after three bunches
were added to the frame...
...and from the "good" side...
Keep adding bunches of rolls to the frame with the zip ties.
If you plan on adding other embellishments like bows, ribbon
doo-dahs, ornaments, etc., you can tolerate some "holes" in the
coverage of the mesh roll bunches on the frame 'cause you will
fill in the "holes" with other items. Use zip ties, floral wire or
pipe cleaners to attach other items to the frame.
Honestly, I went too tight on my coverage of the bunches when I
first was adding the mesh to the frame. I could have gotten by with
only the two rolls of 10" mesh but I needed to open up some extra
rolls I had purchased "just in case" to add fullness at the end.
Here is what the frame looked like with two rolls of mesh...
If you want it really full, get more than the two rolls of mesh.
Cut the ends of the plastic zip ties so they are not sticking out
willy-nilly on your topper.
Here is what that mailbox topper looks like with just the mesh...
Here are some candidates to add to the topper
I don't know what to call these ribbon bunches...doo dahs?
Anyway, the ends of wired ribbon that is cut into "fishtails" is
an easy way to add embellishment, color and pattern to the topper.
Pinch a couple of pieces of 8" wired ribbon in the middle.
Wire the pinched center with floral wire leaving several inches
of wire on each end. Cut the ends of the ribbon either on the
diagonal or into "fishtail" or "notched" shapes.
You could add a whole bow onto the topper but it tends to get
"lost" in the depth of the spiraled deco mesh rolls.
Wire the ends of the ribbon "doo-dah" onto the frame where ever
you need some sassiness or to fill in a "hole".
Slip your embellished mailbox frame onto your mailbox.
You might need to keep the topper to the back of the mailbox
in order to use the flag when you want mail picked up.
I only had a little of the striped ribbon left over from the wreaths
that I made last year for the front windows to tie in the topper.
I thought that the polka dot ribbon in basically the same colors
was a pretty good second choice for the main ribbon on the topper.
Last year I tried to make a deco mesh mailbox topper using
more of the technique that is/was used on the wreaths.
It wasn't horrible but it kinda of looked like a mish-mash of
mesh and ribbon. I never did a post on it even though I did
take pictures of the process like a good blogger.
I am much happier with the deco mesh mailbox topper made in the
style of a curly/spiral deco mesh wreath but with the 10" mesh.
This same technique could be used for other holidays or
occasions using different colors of deco mesh and ribbon
to make a fun and welcoming decor item for guests or for
folks just driving by your home.
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